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Art Zander was a United States Air Force navigator whose Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber was shot down over France in June 1944. Zander parachuted to safety and after a few weeks on the run he was arrested and soon sent to Buchenwald (Furtherglory of writes about the USAF members who were sent to Buchenwald for collaborating with the French Resistance).
In 1999 Zander received $46,874.00 from the German taxpayer for the four months he spent in Buchenwald, following which, he spoke to a journalist in his home town of Rockford, Illinois, about the Buchenwald gas chamber:
"We figured we'd had it if we were going to Buchenwald," Zander said. "We knew they gassed prisoners in the showers. We figured when they put us in there, we were gone. But they just cleaned us up and gave us clothes from people they had just executed."
Zander said the gas chambers operated constantly at Buchenwald. He remembers the stench from the ovens, where victims' bodies were burned.
- Rockford Register Star, Monday, September 13, 1999.

That wasn't the first occasion Zander has spoken of the Buchenwald gas chambers to a journalist from the Register Star, in another interview two years earlier he'd claimed:
"The gas chambers were working all the time," he said. "You could tell when the ovens were burning. I haven't smelled anything like it since."
- Rockford Register Star, Tuesday, April 22, 1997.

Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL), Tuesday, April 22, 1997, pp. 1A & 4A (enlarged)

Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL), Monday, September 13, 1999, pp. 7A & 8A (enlarged).

Buchenwald: Legend and Reality

The Gas Chamber Lie

Perhaps the most vicious lie circulated after the war about Buchenwald is the charge that the Germans exterminated inmates there in gas chambers. An official French government report submitted to the Nuremberg tribunal as a prosecution exhibit imaginatively stated: "Everything had been provided for down to the smallest detail. In 1944, at Buchenwald, they had even lengthened a railway line so that the deportees might be led directly to the gas chamber. Certain [of the gas chambers] had a floor that tipped and immediately directed the bodies into the room with the crematory oven." (21) The chief British prosecutor at the main Nuremberg trial, Sir Hartley Shawcross, declared in his closing address that"murder [was] conducted like some mass production industry in the gas chambers and the ovens" of Buchenwald and other camps. (22)

In a book published in 1947, French priest Georges Henocque, former chaplain of the Saint-Cyr Military Academy, claimed to have visited the inside of a Buchenwald gas chamber, which he described in detail. This particular story has been cited as a good example of the kind of Holocaust lies which even prominent personalities are capable of inventing. (23)

Another French priest and former inmate, Jean-Paul Renard, made a similar claim about the camp in his own book published shortly after the war: "I saw thousands and thousands of persons going into the showers. Instead of liquid, asphyxiating gases poured out over them." When fellow Frenchman and former Buchenwald inmate Paul Rassinier pointed out to the priest that there was no gas chamber in the camp, Renard replied: "Right, but that's only a figure of speech ... and since those things existed somewhere, it's not important." (24)

In a book published in 1948, Hungarian Jewish writer Eugene Levai charged that the Germans killed tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews at Buchenwald in gas chambers. (25)

A widely distributed booklet issued by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith also spread the tale that people were gassed at Buchenwald. (26)

In 1960 the Buchenwald gassing story was officially declared a fable. In that year, Martin Broszat of the anti-Hitler Institute for Contemporary History in Munich specifically stated that no one was ever gassed at Buchenwald. (27) Professor A.S. Balachowsky, a member of the Institut de France, likewise declared in November 1971: "I would like to confirm to you that no gas chamber as such existed at Buchenwald ..." (28) Holocaust writer Konnilyn Feig conceded in her book, Hitler's Death Camps, that Buchenwald did not have a gas chamber. (29) Today no serious historian still claims gassings there.


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